ABOUT PORTLAND ACADEMY OF SELF DEFENSE

As a professional martial arts academy, we take a world‑class approach to training in all of our disciplines and are always trying to improve in every aspect. One thing that is unique about our school is that we practice, and more importantly, embody what we preach. All of our instructors constantly strive to maintain a high degree of proficiency and professionalism by continuing their progress in the martial arts.

As a student of Portland Academy of Self Defense, you can be assured that what you are learning is being practiced by the top self‑defense experts and instructors. On a daily basis we work with and train students just like you who want to get in shape, learn martial arts, and self‑defense. We offer programs for student of all fitness levels. No experience? No problem! We are experts with making beginners feel comfortable from the moment they first step on the mat. Conversely, having prior martial arts or fitness experience is no barrier for training at the Portland Academy of Self Defense. All students, regardless of experience, fitness level, or age are welcome, and will find a positive, welcoming environment within our Academy.

WE INCORPORATE THE FOLLOWING MARTIAL ARTS PHILOSOPHY INTO OUR TRAINING

COMMUNITY & COOPERATION
Service, citizenship, interdependence, teamwork, fairness, and acceptance.
Appropriate Assertion
Self-Confidence, self-reliance, toughness, tenacity, courage, and problem solving.
RESPECT & RESPONSIBILITY
Care and respect for self, others, and environment; honesty and trustworthiness.
EMPATHY
Appreciation of differences, diversity, compassion, and fairness.
SELF-CONTROL
Perseverance, determination, patience, courtesy, and reflection.

WHY CHOOSE US?

TEACHING EXCELLENCE

Our instructors are knowledgeable, and passionate about teaching. They truly care about you and your experience. They are here to assist you and when challenges arise, they will motivate you to surpass your limits. In addition, our instructors are experienced and can communicate their knowledge effectively to students of all ages and back grounds. They also realize that each student has different physical abilities and needs, so individual attention is given in every class which allows our students to progress confidently toward achieving their personal goals.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Safety is our number‑one priority, and it is the core basis of our training philosophy. Everyone here wants to learn martial arts while having a safe, fun time. All classes are well supervised, and the training environment is extremely supportive; we want our students to do their best. It is about camaraderie and accomplishment, not being competitive. The instructional methods employed are designed with safety in mind. Our instruction emphasizes proper warm-up exercises, flexibility exercises, as well as the correct performance and application of self‑defense techniques - this dramatically reduces the chances of a student being injured.

Community

Finally, it takes the right people to make an amazing community. The environment of our school attracts people who are open‑minded, enjoy socializing with one another, and enjoy having fun. The parents whose children train with us are caring and supportive. The adults who train here are committed to achieving both their personals goals, and working with other students to do the same. It's like a family here, and we’d love for you to become a part of it. Browse around our website and learn about Our Classes. When you find the one that’s right for you, you can Book Now for a trial online and get started ASAP.

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